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Forestry Technician (Fire)

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Department Of The Interior
United States Citizens Temporary NTE one year Full Time Forestry Technician (Fire) GS-0462-04
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This is a full-time Temporary position located at the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, in Suffolk, Virginia, which may be extended for up to a total of two years without re-announcement.
One or more positions may be filled from this vacancy.
U.S. Citizenship
The incumbent serves as a fire fighter on an inter-agency fire crew supporting prescribed fire and fire suppression activities on federal, state, and private properties in Virginia and elsewhere. Assists in performs all aspects of wildland and prescribed fire operations including preparation, ignition, monitoring, holding, and mop-up. Assists with collection of fire weather data, fuel and/or soil moisture samples, map projects, and maintains records. Incumbent utilizes a variety of specialized tools, equipment, and techniques in conducting prescribed burns and controlling and suppressing wildland fires, operates wildland fire engines, participates in formal and informal fire and safety training, and provides support for on-going natural resource projects on and off-refuge. The incumbent must be physically fit and able to successfully pass the arduous duty work capacity test.
You must meet all qualification requirements outlined within this vacancy by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of this announcement, Tuesday, January 06, 2015 .
In order to be qualified for this position , you must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements.
At the GS-04: Six months of general experience and six months of specialized experience;
Examples of qualifying general experience are: Performed farm/ranch labor, such as feeding/tending livestock or general maintenance of farm/ranch facilities; worked in a greenhouse, nursery or landscaping e.g., planting, moving, watering, and tending plants; animal caretaker in a laboratory, zoo or pet store; volunteer work at a park, hospital, community sports league, local fire department, etc.
Examples of qualifying specialized experience are: Performed a limited variety of manual tasks to accomplish fuels reduction work and suppress wildland fires using a variety of hand and power tools. At the instruction of a crew leader, patrolled fire line to locate and extinguish sparks, flare-ups, and hot spot fires that might threaten developed fire lines at the instruction of a crew leader, moved dirt, chopped brush, or felled small trees to build fire line using various hand tools and power saws to control spreading wildland fires and to prepare lines prior to prescribed burning
OR
Successful completion of 2 years of study that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 3 semester hours in mathematics is creditable;
OR
A combination of successfully completed post-high school education and experience as defined above. The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.
Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time or unpaid experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours spent per week in such employment. For more information please visit,
In order to be qualified for this position, you must also meet the following SELECTIVE FACTOR:
SELECTIVE FACTOR: You MUST show in your resume/online application that you have a minimum of 90 days experience performing on-the-line (Primary/Rigorous) wildland fire suppression duties as a member of an organized fire suppression crew or comparable unit that utilized knowledge of wildland fire suppression, containment or control techniques and practices under various conditions.
NOTE: If you fail to show via your resume that you have the required 90 days wildland fire fighting experience, you will not receive further consideration for this position.
Status candidates must meet time in grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).
Are You Using Education to Qualify? You MUST submit a copy of your transcripts (official or unofficial photocopy) to document your educational accomplishments. Failure to submit this documentation by the closing date will result in disqualification from further consideration. Official transcripts will be required if you are selected to fill the position. College transcripts are still required if you currently occupy or have previously occupied the series of the position to which you are applying.
Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by a private U.S. organization that specialized in interpretation of foreign education credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service or education that is recognized by the Secretary of Education from an accredited body. For more information please visit,
Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.
REQUIREMENTS:
You must be a United States Citizen to qualify for this position.
All new employees of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay prior to appointment.
New employees who are expected to travel on official business are required to apply for a Government travel charge card within 30 days of their appointment.
A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of the background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
Must be 18 years of age or older prior to appointment.
Incumbent must wear the official U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service uniform.
A valid state driver's license is required.
This position is subject to pre-employment drug testing.
A pre-appointment medical examination is required.
Successful completion of a Pack Test - Arduous level, is required.
Occasional overnight travel will be required.
This position is subject to random drug testing.
An unusual tour of duty may be required.
Government housing is available.
Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Candidates are encouraged to ensure work experiences clearly show possession of the following knowledges, skills, and abilities, errors or omissions may affect your rating. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics).
Knowledge of techniques in conducting prescribed burns and suppressing wildland fires
Assists in operating wildland fire engines, specialized equipment, light vehicles, and four-wheel drive pickup trucks.
Ability to perform repairs and preventive maintenance on a variety of tools and equipment.
Knowledge of fire effects and resource monitoring techniques and protocols.
Ability to maintain records, and compile daily observations.
To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, January 06, 2015 to receive consideration.
To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, , select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
For this job announcement, the following documents are required:
Resume
Occupational Questionnaire
Veterans documentation, if applicable
SF-50 Notice of Personnel Action, if applicable
Copy of college transcripts, if qualifying based on education
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:
You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1285492.
2. Fax your documents to .
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, January 06, 2015 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.
To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items .
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to . Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.
Reminders: Your computer system's access is your responsibility to maintain. Undeliverable e-mails can cause loss of further consideration for this vacancy and/or the inability to convey information to you regarding it. Be sure to include on any correspondence your full given name and this job's vacancy identifier,1285492. Please inform us of any changes to your personal contact information. If at any time you decide you no longer wish to be considered for this position, please notify us to withdraw your name. If you cannot be contacted, or do not respond to request for information, it may be ground for not selecting you.
The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to it's employees. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees: .
1. To claim veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (member 4 copy), or other proof of eligibility. Veterans with a service connected disability and others claiming 10 point preference will need to submit a form SF-15 "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. Missing information may result in a change or removal of your claim for Veteran's Preference. For more information please visit and / .
2. Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from selective service.
3. Inter agency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible please visit, #ictap. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position.
4. If you are eligible for a special appointment authority such as those for the severely disabled and certain veterans and you meet the qualification requirements for this position you may be able to receive additional consideration for this position under a non-competitive hiring authority. Please contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 5, Human Resources Office in Hadley, MA ( ). For more information regarding eligibility for special appointment authorities please visit, /, .
5. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule positions, .

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